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April 29, 2017 - It's a good thing I'm still fairly flexible, since, at this point in the spring, I'm spending an inordinate amount of my...
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Bee-tiful mimic

April 29, 2017 - I've been on the alert for Bee Flies for the past weeks, and though I've spotted a few of these fat-bodied, "parka" clad...
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The old ball game

April 28, 2017 - Deep in the winter, we won just about the best lottery of them all: the chance to buy tickets to selected Red Sox games.
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By day and by night treefrog

April 27, 2017 - Last weekend, when we were all together for the Fellman Family Passover Seder, my grandson Lucas and granddaughter Stasi...
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Under the microscope

April 26, 2017 - The rains moved in today, and with the blackflies and gnats in the wet air, my granddaughter Stasia opted for indoor tim...
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Wood anemone time

April 25, 2017 - By the calendar, it's the 25th of April, but underfoot in the fields and woods, it's what we call "Wood Anemone" time—th...
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You can look...

April 24, 2017 - When I was a kid—OK, this was about the time radio was invented...—one of my favorite rock groups—rock and roll had just...
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Fiddleheading about

April 23, 2017 - For the past few years, ferns have been on my "really master" natural history task list, and, I have to humbly admit, I'...
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One on one

April 22, 2017 - Happy Earth Day! And in keeping with this celebration of our home planet, the Avalonia Land Conservancy, the regional la...
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Hepatica, redux

April 21, 2017 - The drizzle did not stop me. Duty called. I needed one more tune-up hike on the new Benedict Benson Preserve—the very pl...
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Trout flowers

April 20, 2017 - Today was not really Earth Day, our local NPR station's audio celebration to the contrary, but it was close enough to me...
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Punk Pileated

April 19, 2017 - The day dawned and remained pretty dreary throughout, and, with iffy weather tomorrow—the day I was scheduled to be teac...
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The Butterbutt show

April 18, 2017 - On today's task list was a return visit to the Assekonk Swamp trails to determine what I might need to point out to the...
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Still peeping

April 17, 2017 - Last night, I went over to a friend's middle-of-a-hayfield vernal pool to get video of American Toads trilling, but no s...
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Finding the Holy Botanical Grail

April 16, 2017 - I'm not Christian, so Easter doesn't arrive with a lot of spiritual impact. But we could all use a miracle or two—the sm...
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Grand opening

April 15, 2017 - I never really got to know the legendary University of Rhode Island botanist Irene Stuckey, who passed away at the age o...
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Emergence, bumblebee-style

April 14, 2017 - I was torn, this morning, between duty to my heart, and, well, my heart: translation: I needed to actually work out, rat...
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Who's that lady?

April 13, 2017 - After the necessary trip to the town dump... er, landfill... no, make that transfer station... my reward for the hard wo...
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Early May... fly

April 12, 2017 - "Summer" arrived out of nowhere, and the temperature quickly leapt into the 70s with abundant sunshine, garden flowers a...
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Bloodroot days

April 11, 2017 - In the spring, there are many variations on the "opening day" theme, from the welcome signs on the golf courses and gard...
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Frog sex and phototaxis

April 10, 2017 - The day's adventure took place after dark: a return trip to the University of Rhode Island's W. Alton Jones campus in ve...
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Finally phoebes

April 09, 2017 - After re-fixing the toilet that I thought I'd fixed yesterday—the seal was not yet sealed properly—I rewarded what smell...
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Good (cormorant) side

April 08, 2017 - Mea culpa... I haven't actually started long-distance biking yet—I've been too busy and, frankly, it's been too chilly—b...
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Worrisome reminder

April 07, 2017 - The sun came out, but it would not, of course, dry up all the rain... at least, not for several days, particularly at to...
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A definitely wonderful life!

April 06, 2017 - Another rainy, raw day, with lots of indoor work, but in the late afternoon, I managed to make a short walk from an Aval...
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Trail working rock star

April 05, 2017 - My 14 year old grandson Ezra, who was, before he developed other interests, a reliable hiking companion, decided recentl...
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After the deluge

April 04, 2017 - The rains haven't exactly been of Biblical proportions, but the most recent storm left another almost-two-inches of prec...
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Garden report

April 03, 2017 - Sometimes the best discoveries are those closest to home, and when work and family make it impossible to hit the trail—a...
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High water, wet boots

April 02, 2017 - I've been hoping to get my kids and grandsons out for a hike for quite some time, and today, the weather finally appeare...
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Inquisitive

April 01, 2017 - The custom of playing pranks, most of them harmless, on April 1st may or may not date from the time of the ancient Roman...
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